History tells us Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna introduced a new model called Silverpilen (Silver Arrow) in January 1955, basing the name on Mercedes' icon race car. This was the era of James Dean and Porsche Spyders and shiny hand-hammered aluminum motorsport bodies, and Husqvarna waggled a carrot in front of young, impassioned riders, tempting them to crack open their wallets for a 165-pound bike with a frame-mounted engine, hydraulic dampers and a telescopic fork. By 1964, 11,300 Silverpilens were made and 11,300 riders were stoked to the gills.

2018 Svartpilen 401
The 2018 Svartpilen 401 is designed around a single-cylinder 375cc engine with 44 hp and a steel trellis frame.Husqvarna Motorcycles

Fast-forward 63 years, and Husqvarna has once again created new machines to stir youthful souls: its Vitpilen (White Arrow) and Svartpilen (Black Arrow) 701 and 401 models land in the US in a month, with price tags of $11,999 and $6,299, respectively.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
The 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 arrives at US dealers in April, with a price tag of $11,999.Husqvarna Motorcycles
2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
The 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 arrives at US dealers in April, with a price tag of $6,299.Husqvarna Motorcycles

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

“What is fascinating for designers working for Husqvarna is that they are the oldest of brands; they have heritage and history, but they also are a huge pioneering brand,” Husqvarna streetbike senior designer Maxime Thouvenin said. “Our goal with the Vitpilen and Svartpilen was to capture the essence of the past, but done in the most modern, progressive way.”

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
The 2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 arrives at US dealers in April, with a price tag of $6,299.Husqvarna Motorcycles

2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

“Being approachable is not something new; Husqvarna always did something approachable for people,” Thouvenin added. “It’s a very Swedish or Scandinavian design approach; it’s all functional, very minimalist, very reduced in everything they did. And this perfectly makes sense with what we’re trying to achieve now because that is also very much Scandinavian.”

Silverpilen advertisement
In the first advertisements, Husqvarna emphasized that the Silverpilen was a real “speedboat” with a big engine, low total weight, and fast acceleration.Husqvarna Motorcycles
1959 Silverpilen
The 1959 Silverpilen came with a smaller fuel tank. Why? The crankshaft was heavier to reduce vibration and weight loss was compensated with less fuel. The engine kicked out 9.5 hp.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Torsten Skoglund and Karl-Ake Gustavsson
Advertisements were created with photos taken in Adalsvägen. The “policeman” was Torsten Skoglund and the rider was Karl-Ake Gustavsson.Husqvarna Motorcycles

1959 Husqvarna Silverpilen

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701: $11,999

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
Powered by a 692.7cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. Peak horsepower of 55 kW (75 hp) and 53 pound-feet of torque at 6,750 rpm.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Two-part exhaust
Two-part exhaust, with a pre-silencer made from steel and a final silencer, which is finished off with a black coating.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Vitpilen 701 gas tank
Weight is 346 pounds dry.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Vitpilen 701 headlight
LED up front.Husqvarna Motorcycles

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401: $6,299

Vitpilen 401 frame
Features a steel trellis frame and is powered by a 375cc single-cylinder engine.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Vitpilen 401 tank logo
Husky pride.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Vitpilen 401 rims
Top: The ignition is right above the gas cap. Bottom: Wheels are 17 inches and bronze-anodized.Husqvarna Motorcycles

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: $6,299

Svartpilen 401 frame
Like the Vitpilen 401, the Svartpilen features a steel trellis frame. Husqvarna claims that the Svartpilen 401 weighs 331 pounds dry.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Husqvarna Motorcycles Svartpilen 401
Left: Two-part exhaust, with a pre-silencer made from steel, and a final silencer made from aluminium and finished off in matte black. Right: Forged aluminium triple clamps, risers, and off-road bars.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Svartpilen 401 front wheel
ByBre disc brake calipers, 320mm front perforated steel rotor, with Bosch ABS.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Husqvarna Motorcycles Svartpilen 401
Left: The 17-inch wheels are laced with old-school spokes. Right: The front suspension features the 43mm open-cartridge WP fork.Husqvarna Motorcycles
Husqvarna Motorcycles Svartpilen 401
Left: Aluminum filler cap and standard luggage rack for light luggage. Right: LED, naturally.Husqvarna Motorcycles